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Crytek Sites Breached

German developer Crytek is warning their users of security breaches on four of their websites that are now offline, saying users will be asked to change their passwords when the sites return (thanks Ant). Here's word:
We recently became aware of suspicious activity relating to some of Crytek's websites, and acted quickly to take those websites offline for security reasons.

The sites listed below are currently offline:


The following Crytek sites remain online and are not affected by these issues:


If you have an account at or, you will be asked to change your password next time you log in. If you use your current password anywhere else online, we would also suggest that you reset it at those sites.

We are working on getting all websites fully operational again as soon as possible. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience.

DayZ Public Alpha Status Report

The DayZ development blog offers a new video from the upcoming standalone version of DayZ. The clip features gameplay footage showing a recent version of Bohemia Interactive's zombie game in action, and features narration from designer Dean Hall. Dean explains the their latest milestone testing was to determine whether they were ready to open access to the alpha version of the game to the public, saying they concluded the answer was no. He explains what he feels they need to accomplish before this can happen, saying the vast numbers of items and zombies on a map create complications in their networking code, as this requires more data be passed over the network than their Arma game. He offers more details on things they still want to accomplish in coding the game. There's a write-up that transcribes much of this on IncGamers in case the too-loud game sounds make things hard to understand. There's some bonus footage at the end where some of the other developers on the project describe what they are doing. Continue here to read the full story.

Saints Row IV Gameplay Footage

This video offers a lengthy look at gameplay from Saints Row IV, Volition's upcoming open-world action sequel, and includes commentary on what we're seeing from Volition's Dave Bianchi. It also offers a lengthy look at a screen that says "Rev 3 Games Live! Will begin shortly," showing that what the pros refer to as "editing" was not part of the program, so you can use this link if you don't want to sit through the first three and a half minutes of nothing. There may be good reason to skip the clip entirely if you are intending to get the game, as the clip runs almost 90 minutes, and thus will obviously include more than a couple of spoilers. You are now equipped with the tools to make an informed decision on the matter. Thanks nin. Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

Congrats to all the new inductees into the NFL Hall-of-Fame. This year's crop includes one very special to a lot of Giants fans, myself included, as Bill Parcells is getting his tacky gold jacket this year. The Big Tuna should have been in on the first ballot, but was inexplicably overlooked last year in one of the biggest snubs in HoF history, but I can put bitterness aside and just be happy that today he is getting his well-earned due.

Big Tuna Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Laser Cannon 3.
Stories: Owner of 8 TGI Fridays to pay $500K for selling cheap liquor as premium brands.
Dead WalMart reborn as library.
Science: When decisions are tough, it pays to think as a colony.
Images: Passport photographs of celebrities - in pictures. To view. Thanks Boing Boing.
Media: Video Game High School: Season 2 - Episode 2.
Rodman and Kim's North Korean Basketball Video Game.
Jacob tries the Oculus Rift (roller coaster). Thanks reddit.
Follow-up: John Carmack’s $8M pipe dream meets reality- Armadillo Aerospace on life support.
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